Brooklyn Technical High School provided the foundation of my career and life. I discovered Pratt Institute, right down the block from Tech, but had not known of it. May of 1968, I headed to the Ridgewood Library to research schools that offered Co-Op Programs. I wanted a practical college education that would allow me to pay for some of my tuition costs through work. I applied in early May and received a letter /phone call offering scholarship. My first pick, the United States Coast Guard Academy informed me I was 1 point short of making the list. So, once I recovered from getting an offer, I worked with my family and Ridgewood Savings Bank to cover the balance of tuition costs. Forward to mid September 1968. Parked my car near the gates of Pratt, I look over to my right , there is Bruce Linick, fellow Technite and best friend, and then to my left, Vincent Millin, another close friend from Tech.
Pratt Co-Op for five years was followed by: Naval Ship Systems Command, Undersea Warfare Systems, Central Intelligence Agency; Condor Systems, Inc. Mid 1990s: Expert Witness Consulting Firm; return to government service following 9/11 at the Office of Naval Intelligence; and finally retiring from the office of National Intelligence, McLean, VA.
Married to Dr. Deborah Lynne Gofreed, 27 years. Daughter Majorie Rose Tolsdorf is living in Willamsburg, not far from Tech, working on Madison Ave, in a top 10 consulting / accounting firm. Am now living in Brambleton, VA. (571) 355-0531.